There are many articles (example) that warm about latest research on modern synthetic cloth materials such as Acryl, Nylon considered toxic and can lead to cancer.
The Chemicals You Wear Every Day… With a "mere" 8,000 chemicals used in clothing manufacture, it's a sure bet you're wearing many as you read this. Let's highlight some of the worst. These kinds of fabric finishes "scream" chemicals...
- Easy Care — Wrinkle free, shrinkage free garments release formaldehyde.
- Water Repellent — Fluoropolymers (as in Teflon) are used to repel oil and water
- Flame Retardants
- Bacterial and fungicidal chemicals — Triclosan and nano-particles are used for this. Formaldehyde is linked to a 30% increase in lung cancer, plus skin/lung irritation and contact dermatitis. It is found in fabrics claiming to be:
- Anti-cling, anti-static, anti-shrink
- Moth-proof and mildew resistant Chorine resistant
Another mentioning is in book Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society page 4. (available preview at Google Books)
One of these thousands of chemicals used to produce synthetic fabric is formaldehyde – and this single chemical has been linked to a 30% increase in lung cancer.
Most governments regulate formaldehyde levels in the toxic clothing we all wear; however, the United States government does not.
Is it true? What is medical community's opinion?
I noted that most cheap clothing such as fall/winter beanies made from acryl. Even the ones from widely known manufacturer Thinsulate (★★★★★4.6/5 stars). Does it mean the manufacturer opted for cheaper and more toxic materials in order to cut costs and offer competitive market prices? Some articles state that US does not regulate the amount of formaldehyde. True? What about EU?